FR. STEVE TYNAN, MGL,said the Sunday Gospel
according to Mark 6:7-13 calls
on us to true discipleship—
which means that God’s word
should not only be preached butmust be practised in one’s daily
life as well.Fr. Steve gave as anexample the story of Amos(Amos 7:12-15), a shepherdwho accepts the challenge to
preach in Bethel, then Israel’s
premier city plagued with
corruption.The situation in Bethel,Fr. Steve pointed out, is like the
Philippine experience. He said
poverty in the Philippines is notdue to lack of money but lack of conversion.True disciples, Fr. Steve pointed out, practise the social
dimension of the teaching of
Jesus—that is, to have a heartfor the poor.Fr. Steve pointed also
at the strong message in theGospel according to Mark when Jesus instructed his
“In whatever house you are welcomed, stay thereuntil you leave the place. If any place doesn’t receive youand the people refuse to listento you, leave after shaking thedust off your feet. It will be atestimony against them.”
Fr. Steve said we have
to ask ourselves, “What can I
do to help others?” And moreimportant, “Am I willing to doit? Am I willing to change for the sake of the Gospel?”Let’s pray, “Jesus, showme how to change so my lifewill show I am your disciple.Following You as a discipleis what I want to focus on inmy life.”
-- Bella Estrella
Change Me, Lord
THE titles in theseries
aretaken from the
Facebook language.The word
means someone put a picture in his
Facebook page andidentied you as
one of the peoplein it. Applied to theFeast talk series,
are identied as one
of God’s people.God has called on His people to
love one another which meanskeeping a good relationship with
one another—the topic of the
entire series. In the rst talk, titled
, Bro. Bo emphasizedthat every human being longs to
have a friend, and that need isrooted from a void God put in
every human heart: the need for love, specically, loving God andloving one another.
The title of the second talk,
, is also from the Facebook
lingo. When you click
something you or a friend posted
on Facebook, you let someone
know that you enjoy it, agreewith it, or appreciate it. In thesame manner, if you want to keepa good relationship with people
around you, you must
And how do you really do that?Bro. Bo said we nd the answer in Matthew 7:24:
“Thereforeeveryone who hears these wordsof mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man whobuilt his house on the rock.”
Bro. Bo explained thateverything and everyone inthis world dies. But, he assured
anything built on the wordsof God will last forever.
If wewant our relationships to last,then we should build them onGod’s words about old-fashioned
values such as honesty, humility,
To illustrate, Bro. Bo toldthe fairy tale of the Three Little
Pigs who each build a house of their own.
And, as Bro. Bo’s story
goes, two hungry wolves arriveand try to blow the houses downto be able to get the pigs for their meal. The houses of straw and
sticks easily fall apart and thus
the wolves get to eat lechon andliempo. But they are still hungry,so they try to blow apart thehouse of stone, seing the little pigin there as yummy longganisa.But the wolves fail to break thehouse. So the third pig survives,
safe and secure in his house of stone.
Bro. Bo said there are twokinds of “wolves” which candestroy our relationships:
1. Wolves of Temptation.
Relationships end because of sin-- selshness, greed, lust, temper or pride. But relationships which
are based on eternal values such
as integrity, credibility, andtrustworthinessremain strong.
2. Wolvesof Trials.
Trialscan break apartrelationships,
wife, or parents
and children or businessmen andtheir clients.Bro. Boalso sharedthree kinds
1. Straw House.
Relationships based on charisma.These are only based on physical
attraction which doesn’t last.Why? Because love is always a
decision, a commitment to love
someone without condition.
2. Stick House.
Relationships based on
convenience.You’re only with
a person because he is useful
to you. But when the person isno longer of use to you, your relationship will end.
The rst pig,
so in a hurryto have adwelling place,builds a houseout of straw.
pig wants a
but is alsoin a hurry torest already,so he buildsa house out
of scks.The last pig likes
his house strong,so he builds it outof stone.
3. Stone House.
Relationships based on character.There is love in the relationship because the people involved are
loving. And this love comes fromGod’s love—which is not based
on charisma, or on convenience.
Nothing that you do will
decrease God’s love because it
is built on His character which isstrong like a stone.
– Kristine Mutuc Photos by Edmundo L. Santiago
THE FEAST July 22, 2012
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